Minot food pantry receives large turkey donation

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MINOT, N.D. - A special delivery arrived at The Lord's Cupboard food pantry in Minot Wednesday morning: a truckload filled with hundreds of turkey dinners and all the trimmings.

They're part of a donation by New Town business owner Terry Clayton and his partners, just in time for Turkey Day.

The Lord's Cupboard serves more than 700 families each month, and the need increases around the holidays.

“Our numbers do increase during the months of November and December. The weather is colder, some people do get laid off so there is more of a need,” said Connie Wilson, an executive board member at the pantry.

Volunteers at the pantry say they were overwhelmed by Clayton's generosity.

“A few weeks ago he called me and said he had 433 turkeys and all the trimmings. Well, that just bought me to tears because his generosity, and the people who were helping him do this, was way beyond what I imagined what he would be able to do,” said Linda Randolph, outreach coordinator.

The staff said they expect to hand out 140 meals Tuesday, their biggest donation on record since they opened.

“I think it's just awesome. The clients are going to absolutely love this. He's touching more lives than I think he realizes by doing this,” Randolph added.

Clayton enjoys giving away Turkeys every year, but says he didn't realize how much work goes into the Lord's Cupboard every day.

It's something that I've done all my life, every year we like to contribute to Thanksgiving wherever we can make sure everybody gets a good turkey dinner," Clayton said of the donation

The day was a labor of love during the season of giving.